Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

04/19/2017

Randall Caselman

 

Our Relationship With Truth

 

  Truth is defined as that which is real, genuine, certain, valid, factual. Truth is reality, that which can be trusted because it is the things that are. In the Bible, truth is spoken of as an attribute of God. Twice Isaiah tells us that He is the God of truth. Titus 1.2 contends that God cannot lie. So, that which is revealed by God, inspired by God, breathed by God, is truth and can be trusted as genuine and valid.

 

Note Some Truths About Truth…

 

  Truth can be known. There exists a written truth we can know. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This truth is found in Scripture, the inspired Word of God. There is a living truth. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John1.14, NIV). Jesus plainly stated that He was the truth in John 14.6: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Do we know truth? Are we searching for truth?—Both the Written and the Living Word?

 

  Truth has the ability to change our life. TheWord of truth, the written Word is powerful: “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4.12). The writer is saying that the Word of God gets into our heart, mind, conscience, to the point that it can divide between right and wrong, good and evil. Our King James says the Word can help us discern between the thoughts and the intents of the heart. That says to me that the Word has the ability to help us discern between who we are and who we ought to be. The word of truth supplies us with what we need in our daily walk: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3.16-17). Jesus, the Living Word, shows us how to live as we have His mind, heart, attitude, disposition and behavior; as we walk as He walked. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (1Peter 2.21). Indeed, the Truth, both Written and Living, will change our life. Amen?

 

  Truth obeyed sanctifies. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. As we respond to the guidance of the Spirit, we are cleansed by truth. In John 15.3, Jesus says we are cleansed by His spoken word. It was Paul who wrote: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any otherblemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:25-27). Sanctification is an ongoing process, where we continually wash ourselves in His Word.

 

  Truth should set us ablaze. “His Word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20.9). If and when we are genuinely convinced that we have the truth of God in us, we cannot hold it back. Like Jeremiah, we are forced to practice and proclaim His truth before others. His truth sets us ablaze in another way also: It keeps us from sin. David wrote, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”(Psalms 119.11). Truth hidden in our heart regulates our attitudes, our disposition and daily behavior.

 

  Truth must be contended for. Jude 3 instructs us to “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” The word faith here refers to that body of truth once delivered. This truth is not only to be practiced and proclaimed, it is to be defended. Indeed, we must contend for the faith, stand up for truth, fight the good fight, keep the faith—because we are the pillar and ground of the truth.

 

  What is our relationship to truth? Are we in the written word? Do we know the Living Word? As we allow, Spirit of Truth to lead us, as we keep in step with Jesus, we produce His fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 

  What is our relationship with Truth, both theWritten and Living?

 

—RANDALL CASELMAN